Mindful eating involves paying full attention to the experience of eating and drinking, both inside and outside the body.
If Structured Eating addresses when, what and how much to eat, Mindful Eating addresses the experience of how one eats. In essence, this phase is Structured Eating 201 as it shines the light of awareness onto the structured expereince of eating. When the mind and soul come together one can participate more fully in eating and in the recovery process.
Mindful Eating Involves:
Paying attention to senses
Noticing hunger and fullness cues
Bringing awareness to pacing of eating
Being present to sensations, thoughts and emotions before, during and after the meal
Noticing your environment (where are you eating, who are you eating with) in relation to food, feeding and eating.
Through mindfulness, one not only gives attention to the body but also to the mind while holding non-judgement or neutrality toward this process. This creates a witness-consciousness and allows for an individual to learn more about their relationship to food and symptoms.